Our Board

Our Board

The Community Foundation for Ireland is governed by a Board of Trustees comprising experienced, respected and esteemed leaders in the community, corporate and philanthropic sectors. Our Patron is President Michael D Higgins.

Mike Gaffney-Chairperson
Mike Gaffney-Chairperson

Mike is a Chartered Accountant and works with KPMG. He specialises in dealing with privately owned companies and in particular property transactions. He has written and lectured extensively on these subjects over many years. Mike is also a Fellow of the Irish Tax Institute. Mike was appointed to The Community Foundation for Ireland board in February 2012. Mike has been chair of The Community Foundation for Ireland board since 2016.

Anna Lee
Anna Lee

Anna Lee has considerable experience of the local/community development sector with a particular focus on the development of anti-poverty / social inclusion strategies.  She has been centrally involved in the design and implementation of integrated actions at local and regional level and was CEO of South Dublin County (formerly Tallaght / Dodder Valley) from 1991 until July 2014. Anna has contributed to policy development at national, regional and county level. She currently chairs Volunteer Ireland and the South Dublin County Local Community Development Committee. She is a Board member of the Community Foundation for Ireland, Focus Ireland and Tallaght Hospital.

Eamonn Heffernan
Eamonn Heffernan

Eamonn was previously a Non-Executive Director of Irish Life & Permanent. An actuary, he was formerly a partner with Mercer Human Resource Consulting. He is a past President of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland and is a former Chairman of the Pensions Board and of the Irish Association of Pension Funds. Eamonn was appointed to The Community Foundation for Ireland board in November 2003.

Louis FitzGerald
Louis FitzGerald

A chartered accountant, Louis retired from Airtricity in 2008 which he co-founded in 1997. Louis was appointed to The Community Foundation for Ireland board in February 2009 and served as Chairperson up to 2016.

Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrell

Patrick Farrell is Head of AIB’s Retail Bank in Area South. Patrick previously held the positions of Head of AIB Private Banking and many senior roles in Ulster Bank. His education includes INSEAD – Executive Management Programme, UCD Smurfit Business School – MBA and UCD – B.Agr.Sc (Agribusiness and Rural Development). Parick joined The Community Foundation for Ireland board in December 2016.  

Richard George
Richard George

Richard is a chartered accountant and was a partner in KPMG from 1980 until 2004. He became chair of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants for five years from 2005 and he is currently a director of a number of Irish and European companies. He is also a member of the Governing Authority of NUI Maynooth. Richard was appointed to The Community Foundation for Ireland board in March 2012.

Roddy Rowan
Roddy Rowan

Roddy established Genesis in 1995 having spent the earlier part of his career in the advertising industry. He was co-founder of Dimension, Ireland’s first multi-disciplinary marketing communications group, which was acquired by McConnells Advertising in 1994. With more than twenty years’ consultancy experience across all business sectors, Roddy specialises in strategic planning and facilitation. He works with boards and senior management teams to address complex customer, market and organisational issues and enable them to drive out plans that are ambitious, realistic and executable.

Tara Smith
Tara Smith

Tara Smith has worked in the community/voluntary/local development sector for almost 20 years. She is currently CEO of Dublin South City Partnership and was previously the Manager of Rathmines Pembroke Community Partnership for 14 years. Tara has held voluntary board positions in numerous community and voluntary sector organisations, including Dublin 246 Citizens Information Services and Dublin South East MABS. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of Rathmines College and the Community Benefit Oversight Group of the National Children’s Hospital Group. Tara joined the Board in 2017.

Catherine Mullarkey
Catherine Mullarkey

Catherine Mullarkey has been involved in property and finance for the past 12 years prior to which she spent 15 years in banking with KBC and Anglo Irish Bank. She is a director of a Clondalkin based charity, Follow Your Dream. She served as a non executive director with the Dublin Docklands Development Agency from 2007 to 2012 and was a member of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee and Arts and Culture committee. She has a keen interest in the Arts, having established and operated “Powerscourt Theatre” in Dublin 2. She is a graduate of UCD, B Comm, a qualified ACCA and had recently completed the Diploma in Company Direction with the Institute of Directors.

Faye Drouillard
Faye Drouillard

Originally from Washington D.C., Faye is founder and board chair of The Giving Circles of Amsterdam and Ireland, whose aim is to engage a new generation of philanthropists. Formerly Executive Director of the Freedom Writers Foundation, she now provides strategy, management and fundraising guidance to social enterprise, non-profit and philanthropy clients. An aspiring impact-minded angel investor, she is also a board member of Philanthropy Ireland and member of the Ashoka Support Network. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Dr Gráinne Healy
Dr Gráinne Healy

Dr Gráinne Healy has worked and volunteered in the community and voluntary sector for three decades. Founder and Chairwoman of Marriage Equality (2004) she was Co-Director of the Yes Equality campaign in 2015. Published author, trainer and facilitator she has conducted research and developed strategic plans for many leading Irish NGOs. Gráinne was Chairwoman of the European Women’s Lobby’s Observatory on Violence against women. She is a former Chairwoman of the National Women’s Council of Ireland and is a long-standing feminist activist. She is a member of the Department of Education and Skills Student Grants Appeals Board. A graduate of UCD, she is a former secondary school teacher, journalist and public policy advisor. She completed her PhD at DCU in 2015 and founded Social Intelligence Associates which delivers leadership training to NGO leaders.